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Alanis Obomsawin? Prophecy of the Cree Indians? Osage saying? Dear Quote Investigator : I recently came across the following stirring proverb on the internet:. When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money. I was hoping that these provocative words of wisdom were older. Could you try to trace this saying further back in time?
Alanis Obomsawin born 31 August is a Canadian filmmaker of Abenaki descent born in New Hampshire , and raised primarily in Quebec ; she has produced and directed many National Film Board of Canada documentaries on First Nations culture and history. This article about a person or group of people is a stub. You can help Wikiquote by expanding it. Quotes [ edit ] Canada, the most affluent of countries, operates on a depletion economy which leaves destruction in its wake. Your people are driven by a terrible sense of deficiency. The article of the Quote Investigator states similar expressions had also been used by others around , and the earliest incident found of somewhat similar expressions of the importance of conserving natural resources occurred in the "Biennial Report of the State Fish and Game Commissioner to the Governor of North Dakota from March 17, to December 1, " : Present needs and present gains was the rule of action — which seems to be a sort of transmitted quality which we in our now enlightened time have not wholly outgrown, for even now a few men can be found who seem willing to destroy the last tree, the last fish and the last game bird and animal, and leave nothing for posterity, if thereby some money can be made. External links [ edit ].